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# Drinking Water

Last month
September 2023
Michelle O'Neill calls for public ownership of Lough Neagh amid outcry over toxic algal blooms
Lough Neagh provides 40% of Northern Ireland’s drinking water.
This year
Nearly 500,000 people receive drinking water from 'at-risk' public supplies
A report by
Lauren Boland
The quality of drinking water in Ireland is very high overall but there are several issues for Uisce Éireann to address, says the EPA.
Last year
Irish Water too slow at replacing lead pipes – EPA
The EPA said it is ‘unacceptable’ that it would take 24 years to replace Irish Water’s lead pipe connections.
Irish Water investigates reports of 'earthy' drinking water in Dublin and Wicklow
The utility company said the water is safe to drink.
All time
Local politicians say they warned council and Irish Water of illness in Gorey in late August
At least 52 people fell ill after untreated water passed through the system.
At least 52 people fell ill after contaminated water entered the public drinking supply
Several illnesses were reported by the HSE.
Quality of Irish drinking water remains extremely high but one million people 'vulnerable' to systems failures
The EPA found 99.9% of samples complied with bacterial parameter limits.
Boil water notice for 600,000 people in Dublin, Kildare and Meath lifted with immediate effect
Irish Water said an audit of the plant and satisfactory results of a number of water samples were factors in the decision.
Water treatment 'not sufficient' to manage Cryptosporidium risks at Leixlip plant, says EPA
The EPA says the level of treatment at Leixlip is not sufficient to manage the risk posed by the River Liffey source water.
How much of Ireland's treated drinking water is lost in leaks? It's the week in numbers
Plus: The number of people who have applied for audience tickets for the Late Late Toy Show.
Rise in presence of faecal parasite in Irish water supplies in 2018
The EPA has seen detections of Cryptosporidium in 25 public water supplies in 2018, up from 17 in 2017
Public told not to consume water in parts of Co Carlow
The notice affects over 600 people.
Ireland's drinking water due to comply with EU standards by 2020, 16 years after deadline
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) annual report for last year found that in general quality of the public drinking supply remained high.
Irish Water fined €6,000 for delaying works needed to reduce cancer-linked pollution levels
A court heard drinking water from treatment plants had excessive levels of THMs.
Poll: Do you drink water straight from the tap?
Do you boil your water before drinking it, or use a water filter jug?
There are 87 'at-risk' drinking water supplies in Ireland
58 have elevated levels of trihalomethanes and 25 lack adequate treatment to prevent cryptosporidium.
Ireland could be in trouble if it doesn't take action on contaminated drinking water
Trihalomethane contamination in the Irish water supply could land the government in trouble with the EU.
86,000 people have had to boil their water to make it safe this year
The EPA published its drinking water report for 2015 today.
Here's how to check if you're one of the 380,000 people with contaminated water
A lobby group is calling on Irish Water to directly notify customers their water is contaminated with a cancer-linked toxin.
Irish Water wants to pump River Shannon water to Dublin and Midland homes
The company said taking water from the Parteen Basin and pumping it through a pipeline is the best option to deal with the growing population.
Bill Gates is helping to turn poo into drinking water - and even drank some himself
Like a science-pioneering, life-saving magician.
Thousands of people are FINALLY able to drink their tap water again
Alan Kelly says it’s thanks to Irish Water.
Another review has found fluoride in drinking water is not harmful
The review adds to two previous international studies.
Galway the latest council to call for fluoride ban - despite what the science says
Dentists don’t agree with a ban, neither do public health boards.
Is the water you're paying for good enough to drink? This water quality test can tell you...
The two Cork-based scientific organisations said there is a clear demand to ensure our water supply is safe.
Anti-water charge protesters say 'don't register' - Irish Water says it'll cost you
Irish Water said those who do not register will face a default tariff of €424 a year.
Limerick residents facing 18 months without drinking water in their taps
Remedial works on lead piping connections are expected to take about 12 months – but are not due to start until January 2015.
Ferry water deliveries continue to Aran Island as drinking water shortage rolls on
Irish Water and Galway County Council are monitoring the situation “on a daily basis”.
Ferry water delivery planned as Aran Islands suffer drinking water shortage
Some 120,000 litres are being transported to Inis Meáin today to replenish fallen reserves.
Drinking water alert issued in Clare by HSE, county council
Notice has been issued for customers of the Kildysart and Coolmeen public water supplies.
Dublin City Council to debate motion on ending public water fluoridation
Cork County Council has already passed a motion calling on the Government to legislate for change.
Excessive lead levels in drinking water a 'danger for young children'
It was revealed yesterday that 41 schools, businesses and homes across the country have been found to have excessive levels of lead in the supply because of old pipes.
Scientists have figured out how to turn cow poo into drinking water
Have a private well? A third are contaminated with E. coli from human waste
Ireland has the highest incidence of VTEC in Europe – a particularly nasty strain of E. coli.
Teenage eejit pees in reservoir... so city flushes 38million gallons of water
It wasn’t a good day for Portland, Oregon.
Water meters installed in Castlerea despite four years of boil water notices
A local councillor said it was “unacceptable” that the issues with water contamination was not fixed before the meters were put in.
Cork County Council calls for an immediate end to water fluoridation
The largest county council in the country passed a motion calling on the Government to legislate for change.
Boil water notice issued in Cork, but lifted in parts of Limerick
The stormy weather over the last couple of days led to “extensive power outages” affecting water pumping stations and treatment plants, Limerick council said.
Column: I believe water fluoridation is harmful to my health, why should I pay for it?
With water charges due to be implemented, Aisling Fitzgibbon argues that if people are paying for water they should have more of a say about what’s in it.
The naked truth? Anti-fluoride protesters strip off to demand 'safe' water
The naked demonstration will “symbolise how we in Ireland have been stripped of our rights to clean safe water”, according to organisers.